Fritz Gerber Award
The Fritz Gerber Award, which was given out for the first time in 2015 by the Fritz Gerber Foundation, has been established to support three young Swiss musicians each year in the area of contemporary classical music. This sponsorship, totaling CHF 60,000, for each winner consists both of a prize award of CHF 10,000 and a scholarship in the form of participation in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY (valued at CHF 10,000).
All applicants must possess Swiss citizenship or have been living in Switzerland for a minimum of five years; they must not yet have turned 29 at the time of the application deadline. You can yourself apply for the Fritz Gerber Award, while recommendations from music schools and well-known musicians are also accepted.
All applicants must submit the following documents with their application:
• an application form (located online on the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY’s website)
• a cover letter
• Curriculum Vitae in German, French, or English (max. 2 pages)
• a recording (video/audio) of the requested audition repertoire (see audition repertoire lists of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY)
• a repertoire list of contemporary works already performed
Please note that applications may only be submitted online on the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY website.
Applications that are submitted too late will not be considered.
The selection committee consists of Michael Haefliger, the composer and conductor Heinz Holliger, and the respective teachers from the Teaching Faculty.
The decisions of the selection committee, which are final and not subject to appeal, will be conveyed in writing, with no explanation. The results of their choice will be announced in March 2017.
Fritz Gerber Foundation
The Fritz Gerber Foundation has been active since 1999. The Foundation supports talented young people who have permanent residency in Switzerland. It promotes the areas of education (including advanced college training), crafts, culture, and athletics. This support is provided in the form of financial contributions to education, advanced training, and continuing education and is intended to make a difference where public funds are not available to achieve the Foundation’s goals. Since 1999 the Fritz Gerber Foundation has supported some 1,750 talented young people with a total of CHF 20 million